Mexican Presidential Candidate Has His Own Rick Perry ‘Oops’ Moment

Dec 5, 2011 8:31pm

Dios mio! Apparently Rick Perry’s now-famous brain freeze was felt across the Mexican border.

If you thought the Texas governor’s “oops” moment at last month’s GOP debate in Michigan was the worst case you’ll see in a presidential race this year, there’s a new contender: Enrique Pena Nieto‘s lapse last weekend at a press conference at the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

When asked what three books had influenced him the most in his personal and political life, a question that even audience members described as “facil” (easy), Pena Nieto stumbled and bumbled his way through an answer that was filled with mistakes and at times virtually incoherent.

Pena Nieto said he read “parts of” the Bible as a child and then cited a number of novels, at one point asking for help in recalling the names of the authors, help he sorely needed since he incorrectly identified some of them.

“When I read books the titles don’t really sink in,” he acknowledged.

You can watch it here:

At least Perry blanked on the names of the three federal agencies that he would eliminate as president, not on something as basic as his favorite books, but both gaffes are likely to haunt the candidates.

If Pena Nieto — who leads in the polls — and Perry — who trails far behind current Republican frontrunners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — both manage to emerge victorious in their respective elections, the two would inevitably end up working together. Last week in New Hampshire Perry even said that if he were elected president, he would request a meeting with the Mexican president-elect to discuss the relationship between the two neighboring countries.

A few reporters snickered: if a Perry-Pena Nieto meeting did take place, would the two be able to remember what topics to discuss?

Matthew Jaffe is covering the 2012 campaign for ABC News and Univision.

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